Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brewer suggests a serving temperature of 42 °F for this beer.

Added by ph2001 on 07-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,579
Reviews:
1,463
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.3%
 
 
Wants:
399
Gots:
1,091
For Trade:
28
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Ratings: 4,579 |  Reviews: 1,463
Photo of breakdownbbe
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How much you enjoy this beer is going to depend on how open you are to the concept. On one hand, it's probably the truest realization of the term "dessert beer" out there. On the other hand, I see how the sweetness could be a bit overwhelming for some. Personally, I loved it. The easiest drinking 10 percenter I've ever tasted, and the smell is just astonishing; if you blindfolded me and had me smell this I'd swear it was actual creme brulee. There's not a crazy amount of layering to the flavor, but if you're like me and love vanilla custard that's not really a problem. Super rich, too. Overall, pricey, but very unique and daring!

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark, dark brown pour... nearly black. Thin white head... falls quickly but leaves spotty lacing.

S: Vanilla and sweets... dessert... smells just like creme brulee. Nailed it.

T/F: Roasted grains and burned sugars. Strong flavors of vanilla and cream... kahlua and iced cream... a little bitterness in the roast for balance. No discernible hop presence. Full in body... thick and smooth... almost creamy. Residual roast and sweetness on the tongue in the aftertaste. Warming but not boozy.

O: The very definition of a 'dessert beer' and very impressive how they've hit the aroma and flavor profile of creme brulee. Not one I'd want often, but a very well done effort.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this really fits their bill as a "dessert" beer. Tastes and smells of vanilla beans, khalua, and... ice cream? I need to find more for sure, not exactly sure how it will age though. At $4.50/12oz it's somewhat expensive, but when you taste, it's worth it. Definitely not a flavor profile you'll find in many brews, and the 10%abv really helps to mellow/meld the overall flavors.

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Photo of heinekenike
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet but not too much, there's a balanced flavor with the stout

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Photo of Johncnh
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

DOB 12/08/15: this well aged bottle pours pitch black color with a beige colored 1 finger thick foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of vanilla extract, Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla beans, lactose sugar and ice cream. The sweetness is too much and cloying, with no stout qualities and too much vanilla and egg cream. Impressive how they get a beer to smell like a liqueur, but it was too over the top for my enjoyment.

Tastes like it smells with strong vanilla, Crème Brûlée, Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla beans, cocoa powder, lactose sugar, brown sugar and vanilla ice cream. There are some roasted stout elements, coffee grinds and espresso, but the sweetness is beyond anything I can enjoy. I give Southern Tier credit for masking the ABV and creating a beer that actually tastes like creme brulee, but this brew is not for me.

Choklat, Choklat Oranj, Mokah, Jahva and most of the Blackwater Series have been very enjoyable, but this was a sweet mess that I would not drink again.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DallasK
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerguy04
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black color with a creamy tan head. Smells like a vanilla milkshake. Tastes like vanilla butterscotch. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall, another impressive beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of al2913
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoBeerGo
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Categart
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StretchZep
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shafaegalo
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Nihilistic
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
2.59/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BierRunner
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark color but not as thick as I expected. Nose is unbelieveble and lives up to its name. Deeply sweet on the younger but enough bitterness to give it a stiff backbone. Carbonation is a little light but the finish is a full 30 seconds. Nice after dinner beer.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vabeerguy
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut brown around the edges, but opaque black otherwise. Head disappears leaving some lacing. Smells of vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, vanilla, caramel, with a hint of bitterness which could be a mix of vanilla beans and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is rich creamy and a little foamy. Overall, a pretty good dessert beer. Maybe it would be better if they backed off the sweetness and ABV a bit.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber,into a Funky Buddha snifter.DOB 12/08/16 10:01am.

Frothy,yet creamy,khaki colored head that stands just over 1 finger tall.Moderate retention.Silky,jet black in color,with no light showing through the glass.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get strong notes of vanilla and creme.This beer smells exactly as advertised,creme brulee,and vanilla custard.There are notes of dark roasted malts,and caramel,but they are faint.

The palate follows the nose with vanilla and creme in the lead,and faint hints of caramel malts.Once again it tastes like vanilla custard,or creme brulee.This beer does have an alcohol bite to it,but nothing vicious.Sweet but not cloying.

The body is heavy,with a sticky mouth feel.Also there are some elements of alcohol warming on the way down.

This is a pretty damn good Imperial Stout.They probably could have done a little more to mask the alcohol,but still pretty good.I might have to pick up another bottle,and see if a couple months,or a year of aging will help blend the flavors,and mask the alcohol.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,579 ratings.
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